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Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen, Ian McShane
Director: Woody Allen
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006






Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Scoop is the new romantic comedy from writer/director Woody Allen, and is his second consecutive film to be set and shot in London (following Match Point).

Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) is an American journalism student visiting friends in London. During a mysterious encounter, Sondra receives a hot tip on the identity of "the Tarot Card Killer" at large in London and decides to pursue the scoop of a lifetime. Sondra immediately starts chasing the big story which leads her right to handsome British aristocrat Peter (Hugh Jackman). Soon, Sondra finds that the romance of her life may well be the dangerous scoop she's looking for.


When Scoop first hit the theatres, it was extremely trendy (at least among critics) to wreck the latest Woody Allen offering and drag it, along with Match Point, through the proverbial mud. While I am not a connoisseur of Woody Allen’s earlier movies, I do not believe in holding a director to his previous works – else who would watch Zhang Yimou’s Riding Along for Thousands of Miles after the stinking House of Flying Daggers? When it is in vogue to criticize, one tends to turn away from an old man’s self-deprecatory paean to the easy-going popcorn audience member who just wants to spend a happy afternoon.

Enjoyable and easy-going is what this movie is about. Scarlett Johansson is positively radiant as the geeky journalism student and probably carried about half of the movie on those lovely… shoulders. Hugh Jackman provides eye candy for the ladies as an aristocrat, while Woody Allen pops up occasionally and out-talks and out-fumbles everyone else. In tandem, the trio provided enough distractions along the way to cover for man-sized plot loopholes.

So what if Woody Allen is a poor scene-stealer and panned narcissist who just won’t go away? Where reputations ring hollow in both fiction and reality and when poison pens abound hunting for spoils, it takes a big heart to hold the satirical mirror on oneself and amuse others.


No features.


Great visual transfer and a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1.



Review by Lim Mun Pong


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